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Halloween and the Native People by Annlee Cakes
Halloween sharing Native American Traditions
A long, time ago the human people believed that evil spirits and demons caused destruction and misfortune.
Like the crazy crow or the all seeing Owl.
For centuries the First People grew pumpkins and corn and shared tales told around the fires in the camps.
A long time ago, was when the First People we know as human people wore masks
whenever diseases and disaster or famine struck.
They believed that their masks would scare away the cause of the bad things.
And the tale from the beginning was told and re-told around the Great Fires
First in the arriving cold chilly air indicating Winter's approach.
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Halloween and the Native People
By storyteller Annlee (( Copy Protected Story ))
Long long ago along the two rivers and the clouded
falls, and as far as stories have been told at the fire by the elders.
A long, time ago the human people believed that evil spirits and demons caused destruction and misfortune. Like the crazy crow or the all seeing Owl.
One legend says that near the fall when people are celebrating the hunting festival many jealous ghosts kept on trying to trick mortal humans by letting them in by the fire.
With promises of great herds and deer without numbers,
And the human people started to believe the spirits
A wise and very old respected medicine man brought to the human people furs of the fox, and furs of the racoon and the bear, and explained if they often wore masks of these and if they went out after dark to keep from being recognized by the ghosts they would be protected by the Heart of the Buffalo.
Throughout parts of the Nation the word went forth. And, the weary warrior's carrying the tale were like the poor because they were outside their tribes and clan, and would go from teepee to teepee begging for flat cakes or sweet berries.
A long time ago, was when the human people wore masks whenever diseases and disaster or famine struck. They believe that their masks would scare away the cause of the bad things. As the tale from the beginning was told and retold around the Great Fires as the Winter's approach started to fill the air with crispy winds.
Then after many moons even the young human children dressed up to scare the Spirits....
In the new country called the New World is where, the human being children would gather to the wooden log homes where the friendly woman would give candy, cookies and apples to the adorned human children in exchange for promises of no naughty tricks or mischief which in the air?
Even more stories were told about the human being.
Much later, as the country grew and the human beings declined: The children of the wooden houses began to dress up but did not have the animal skins of the human people.
Where it began that, they started to made their own,
And many could not sew well? There by came the costumes of rags and strange things.
To this day we see the people of the wooden houses claim it their idea!
But we human beings know the story told!
May you all enjoy the above:
Medicine Woman of the Bear Clan
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Halloween has come a long way in the last few hundred years?
We had fun last year with the Foaming Fountains and so did hundreds of Trick and Treaters.
Many Native Americans today would like it better if the children did not wear Indian Costumes for this Holiday!
I can understand their reasoning's: But personally see no logic of why they cannot? IN MY SOLE OPINION!
Many versions of the origins and old customs of where and when Halloween actually started could fill volumes of books.
As many different cultures around the World enjoy and still view Halloween somewhat differently? Nevertheless, traditional Halloween practices remain the same from ages a go right to the time of today. Dressing up and going out and collecting something whether candy or treats?
The Halloween culture itself can be traced back to the times of the Druids ((Celtic culture in Ireland, Britain and Northern Europe))
Basic foundation of Halloween lay in the feast of Samhain, which was annually on October 31st to honor the dead.Samhain signifies "summers end" or November. Samhain was a fall festival with huge ceremonial sacred fires as Winter's air started to arrive marking the end of summer and marking the end of the Celtic year and beginning of a new one.
Many of the things about Halloween were involved in this celebration and many stones were fed on superstition For example; the Celts believed the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. Since not all spirits were thought to be friendly, gifts and treats were left out to pacify the evil and ensure next years crops would be plentiful. The First People knew of the Spirits and always were careful about them.
To-Day! The wearing of costumes by the wee ones and going out to gather treats is well established especially in the United States, and costumes of all cultures are worn as well as the comic and or scary ones of this time. I remain steadfast in my opinion that if they wear Indian style costumes that I personally do not take this as wrong or culture attack in any way anymore than if the costume is Dutch, German, or any country and history based. My personal opinion!
Some prefer they do not and that is their opinion.
Besides, even we have a tale told around the campfires!
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